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GEORGE HW BUSH — America’s final farewell to George H.W. Bush shifts to Texas, with Bush’s friend and former Secretary of State James Baker addressing him as “Jefe,” Spanish for “boss,” and celebrating him as a president with “the courage of a warrior but the greater courage of a peacemaker.” Baker fought back tears as he concluded his eulogy. By Will Weissert and Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 1,300 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1:30 p.m. funeral train, 5:15 p.m. library arrival/interment. Expecting 1,400 words by 6 p.m., photos, video, audio. WITH: GEORGE HW BUSH-FUNERAL TRAIN — George H.W. Bush’s presidential funeral train will be first in nearly 50 years. SENT: 700 words, photos, developing. WITH: BUSH FUNERAL-PERFORMANCES — Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys sing at the Bush funeral service. SENT: 120 words, photos.
BALLOT HARVESTING — A yet-to-be-decided congressional race in North Carolina has put the focus on an arcane political tool called “ballot harvesting.” In short, it refers to unions, interest groups or direct arms of political parties gathering late absentee and vote-by-mail ballots — sometimes from hundreds of voters at a time — and dropping them off at voting offices on Election Day. Supporters say it’s a way to ensure everyone’s vote will count. Detractors say it creates a wide-open door to voter fraud. By Matt Volz. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos. WITH: ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-CONGRESS — A leader of the North Carolina Republican Party says the organization would be open to a new election if an investigation were to find a high likelihood that wrongdoing swayed the state’s unresolved congressional race. SENT: 300 words, photos. WITH: PELOSI-NORTH CAROLINA — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the House could take the “extraordinary step” of calling for a new election in a North Carolina congressional district if the winner is unclear amid allegations of voter fraud. SENT: 150 words.
WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE-LAME DUCK — Gov. Scott Walker weighs whether to sign or veto bills that would weaken the powers of the Democrat who beat him last month. Bipartisan voices were pressuring the outgoing governor to reject the measures, asking him to think about what his recently deceased father, who was a pastor, and former President George H. W. Bush would do. By Scott Bauer. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m., photos.
FINANCIAL MARKETS — U.S. stocks tumbled again, knocking 400 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average and putting the benchmark S&P 500 on track for its worst week since March. The broad market decline came as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive overshadowed some positive comments on trade from Beijing and threatened to worsen trade tensions between the U.S. and China. By Business Writer Alex Veiga. SENT: 700 words, photos. Will be updated throughout the day to 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.
CHINA-HUAWEI-DEEPENING CONFLICT — The dramatic arrest of a Chinese telecom executive illustrates why it will be so hard for the Trump administration to resolve its deepening conflict with China. In the short run, the arrest deepened skepticism about the truce that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping reached in their trade war last weekend, and it jolted financial markets. But the incident also reflects tensions over China’s drive for supremacy in technology, defense and economic leadership — an effort that puts it in direct collision with the United States. By Paul Wiseman and Frank Bajak. UPCOMING: 850 words. With: CHINA-HUAWEI — China demands Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in a case that adds to technology tensions with Washington and threatens to complicate trade talks. Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, faces possible extradition to the United States, according to Canadian authorities. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. WITH: CHINA-FIVE THINGS ABOUT HUAWEI — 5 Things to Know About Chinese telecoms and phone supplier Huawei after its CFO’s arrest. SENT: 540 words, photos.
BLACK GUN OWNERS-SHOOTING — Twice in the span of 11 days last month, a black man who drew a gun in response to a crime in the U.S. was shot to death by a white police officer after apparently being mistaken for the bad guy in the situation. Some African Americans who are licensed to carry weapons say cases like those make them hesitant to step in to protect others. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m., photos.
GOLDEN GLOBES-NOMINATIONS — Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” seized control of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards with a leading six nominations, narrowly edging Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerking revival “A Star Is Born,” the interracial road-trip drama “Green Book” and the period romp “The Favourite.” ″Vice” topped all contenders in nominations announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, including best picture, comedy and best actor nominations for Christian Bale’s nearly unrecognizable performance as the former vice president. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,600 words, photos, video. WITH: GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS-SNUBS AND SURPRISES — No Sam Elliott and more Golden Globes nomination shockers, including a series snub for ‘Atlanta’ and shutout of female directors. SENT: 850 words, photos.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
GERMANY-ELVIS LIGHTS — Keep your blue suede shoes behind the curb: the German town where Elvis Presley was stationed as a soldier in the 1950s has installed three pedestrian lights with images of the American rock icon. SENT: 130 words, photo.
BAH HUMBUG SIGN — California humor? Woman scored by her new neighbors in a Florida high-rise condo because of the “Bah Humbug” holiday message she spelled out in lights across her balcony. SENT: 135 words.
FORCED HAIRCUT-TEACHER — California high school teacher arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after forcibly cutting the hair of one of her students while singing the National Anthem. SENT: 150 words.
BRITAIN-RESCUE AT SEA — British woman sailing solo in a round-the-world race is being rescued after losing her mast and being knocked unconscious in a vicious storm. SENT: 300 words, photos.
CARDI B-ART BASEL — Less than 24 hours after announcing her split from her husband, Cardi B spotted partying at a nightclub. SENT: 130 words, photo.
POLICE CHOKEHOLD DEATH — A New York City police officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face a disciplinary trial in May. SENT: 500 words, photos.
IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — The Trump administration has separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order by the president that stopped the general practice. That’s according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Immigration officials are allowed to separate a child from a parent in certain cases, such as criminal charges against a parent and concerns over the health and welfare of a child. By Colleen Long. SENT: 820 words, photo.
SUPREME COURT-DOUBLE JEOPARDY — The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about an exception to the Constitution’s ban on being tried for the same offense. The outcome could have a spillover effect on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 790 words, photo.
SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED-CONGRESS — Senators are considering multiple pieces of legislation to formally rebuke Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with momentum building for a resolution that would call Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman “complicit” in the killing. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photo.
CONGRESS-BORDER WALL — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is rejecting the idea of paying for President Donald Trump’s border wall in exchange for a deal to help hundreds of thousands of young immigrants avoid deportation. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photo.
ELECTION 2018-CHARTER SCHOOLS — With new Democrats set to take over the governor’s mansion across the country, the charter school movement may face a shifting political landscape in several key states. The incoming governors elected in November in California, Michigan, Illinois and New Mexico have all said they want to take the rare step of putting a halt on new charter schools. SENT: 875 words, photos.
ECUADOR-ASSANGE — Ecuador’s president has ramped up pressure on Julian Assange to leave his country’s embassy in London, saying that Britain had provided sufficient guarantees that the WikiLeaks founder won’t be extradited to face the death penalty abroad. Lenin Moreno’s comments in a radio interview suggest that months of quiet diplomacy between the U.K. and Ecuador to resolve Assange’s situation is bearing fruit at a time when questions are swirling about the former Australian hacker’s legal fate in the U.S. By Gonzalo Solano And Joshua Goodman. SENT: 400 words, photos.
YEMEN-TALKS — Yemen’s warring sides agreed to a broad prisoner swap, sitting down in the same room together for the first time in years at U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden aimed at halting a catastrophic war that has brought the country to the brink of famine. SENT: 885 words, photos.
JAPAN-US MILITARY CRASH — One of two crew members recovered after two U.S. warplanes collided and crashed off Japan’s coast is dead and five others remain missing, the U.S. military said. The Marine Corps said the other recovered crew member was in fair condition. SENT: 340 words, photos.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-LIVING ON THE EDGE — The future is uncertain for many of those driven out by the deadly wildfire in Northern California, but it’s uniquely challenging for the many who were living on the edge, homeless or nearly so, even before the flames swept through and took what little they had. By Jonathan J. Cooper. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2 p.m., photos.
DESECRATED GRAVES — Since the 1990s, Cheryl Jansen had noticed junk and tree limbs piling up at the once oasis-like Park Cemetery, just north of downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut, and wondered where the money families had paid for perpetual upkeep was going. What she learned after finally taking her case to a judge shocked the conscience. Gravestones and remains moved without permission to make way for the newly dead. New graves simply stacked on top of old ones, separated by a new layer of dirt. Worst of all, human bones, casket pieces and old headstones tossed in the woods like trash. The stunning discoveries led police to arrest the caretaker, Dale LaPrade. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
CHEAPER EPIPEN RIVAL — Amid persistent shortages of EpiPens and other emergency autoinjectors that treat life-threatening allergic reactions, generic drugmaker Sandoz says that early next year it will launch a slightly cheaper rival in the U.S. By Linda A. Johnson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 pm
WALGREENS-HOME DELIVERIES — Walgreens is joining rival drugstore chain CVS Health in expanding home deliveries for prescriptions nationwide, as stores continue adjusting to a retail world made more consumer-friendly by online competition. Walgreens said it will partner with FedEx to deliver prescriptions as soon as the next day for a $4.99 fee, and it also is providing same-day deliveries in several cities including New York, Chicago and Dallas. The Deerfield, Illinois, company started offering deliveries in several markets in October. SENT: 340 words, photo.
MEDIA_FOX AFTER AILES — More than two years after a sexual misconduct scandal forced Roger Ailes out at Fox News Channel and a year after his death, his ghost walks the halls of the network he built and ran for two decades. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 3 p.m., photos.
AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Kyler Murray is the AP’s college football Player of the Year, the second straight Oklahoma quarterback to win the award. Murray, who started in college at Texas A&M, leads the country in total offense and has guided the Sooners to a playoff spot. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.
FBN-JAGUARS-TITANS — The Tennessee Titans (6-6), with Marcus Mariota at quarterback, try to keep their playoff hopes alive when they play a Jacksonville team whose season has gone all wrong. The Jaguars (4-8) have running back Leonard Fournette again after a one-game suspension. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:20 p.m.
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